They are the best to understand environmental law both practically and theoretically
— Chambers & Partners, 2015

Batalla’s environmental team focuses on the most complex challenges that face the industry nowadays and that will continue to be crucial in the future. Since 2002, the talent of our lawyers provides our clients the highest quality of environmental representation to catalyze the success of their business. 

Environmental Law has been continuingly changing in recent years and is facing new challenges to adapt existing regulations to new obligations such as OECD Environmental Recommendations and the Paris Agreement. Our lawyers have been involved in the study of the implications these new regulations will have on the industry and has been participating actively in the discussion of the draft of new regulations.

For example, our energy practice has moved from advising the traditional construction and operation of hydropower plants to a new schemes of public partnership with other energy agents to build photovoltaic solar plants and take advantage of special agreements for offsetting carbon dioxide; legal schemes for net metering in housing and commercial projects and; advising transport electrification projects in the country; all private initiatives aligned with the country efforts to reduce GHGs emissions.

Our practice has been evolving from a pollution control practice associated mainly with water discharges and air emissions, to a complete environmental risk management practice assessing from the very beginning of the investment, the social, land use and environmental risks of the activities of our client. We are also helping clients to incorporate within their risk analysis the effects of climate change and help them establish strategies for the use of water resources in areas affected by drought, as well as adaptation and protection of civil works by increasing water levels.

We work closely with our clients to reduce their environmental, health and safety risks. The right legal advise can prevent careful incidents and can serve to ease liabilities. If problems do arise, we are skilled in dealing with regulatory proceedings, government enforcement actions and civil claims.

For our team, the compliment of environmental rules and the advise in cleaner production increases competitiveness and means new business opportunities, as the possibility to develop carbon off set projects in old and new industries.

The talent of our lawyers, the creative and effective advocacy for our clients, has been recognized by Chambers & Partners since the creation of the Environmental Law ranking in Costa Rica, considering it for 7 consecutive years in tier 1.

The strengths of this team are its professionalism, the common sense it provides in its advice, its knowledge of the market and legal framework, and its consistently up-to-date coverage of various fields.
— Chambers & Partners, 2016

We provide regulatory and environmental compliance counsel to several leading companies in biotechnological research and production of biotechnological and chemical products of agro industrial application. We support in the procedures for obtaining authorizations and concessions for accessing genetic material, as well as in the import and authorization processes for the release of genetically modified organisms into the environment.

We have participated in processes for the creation of Private Wildlife Refuges and ecological easements for the creation of biological corridors. We have supported initiatives for the conservation of biodiversity and other resources on private farms, which have subsequently been incorporated into the environmental services programs. We currently support members of the communities of Manzanillo and Punta Uva in the controversy that exists with the changes of the delimitations of the Gandoca Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge.

We advise the industrial sector in the processes of discussion of regulation that regulates air emissions. Batalla has had an active participation in the commissions of the Ministry of Health that have discussed the regulatory proposals of co incineration of waste in cement kilns and in the current analysis of possible modifications to the regulation of boilers and indirect combustion furnaces.

We use a preventive approach to help companies generate environmental policies and environmental management protocols for the proper management of their products, solid waste, liquids and air emissions, as well as the rational use of water resources and mining resources. We have supported companies as Monsanto, GDF Suez, Cemex, GEEP, Collin Street Bakery, El Ángel, amongst others with legal audits and environmental requirements under standards such as ISO 14001, carbon neutrality (INTE 12-01-06), blue flag, fair trade, ISO 26000, OHSA 18001, organic certification systems, among others.

We have also represented a large number of companies such as Total Petróleo, Irex de Costa Rica, Collin Street Bakery, El Ángel, Ecológica, among others, in criminal, civil, administrative and agrarian procedures, in which damages are claimed for environmental damage. We also support the practice of dispute resolution when there is any controversy with facts or claims of an environmental nature. In the last year, the environmental practice has supported the dispute resolution team in an international arbitration process held in ICSID for violation of CAFTA rules by the State.

The strengths of this team are its professionalism, the common sense it provides in its advice, its knowledge of the market and legal framework, and its consistently up-to-date coverage of various fields.
— Chambers & Partners, 2016